Richland Road Work

Crumbling Asphalt on U.S. Highway 49 in Richland.

RICHLAND, Miss. – If you live in Jackson, chances are you’ve had a run in with a pothole or two, or maybe even too many to count.
Just south of Jackson along U.S. Highway 49 in Richland you’ll find even more problems with bumpy roads.

“It’s not just little humps like they are on highway 20 in Jackson…they’re really severe bumps,” motorist, Mike Bingham said.

“It’s like mini speed bumps,” according to driver, Baylee Barks.

Highway 49 is a main thoroughfare connecting Jackson to the Gulf Coast, and for travelers like Bingham, driving and towing can be a challenge.

“You have to pick which lane you’re going to be in because some of the bumps are so bad you can bounce your boat off the trailer,” Barks said.

According to Richland’s public works department, they’re only responsible for the streets and MDOT is in charge of repairs to 49

However, some say those repairs are secondary.

“It’s just a lot of traffic it’s not really bad, we don’t have a lot of potholes or anything like that on 49,” driver Vertina Harris explained.
“Compared to Jackson 49 is like driving highway to heaven,” motorist, Denise Jeffress said.

We are told at this time MDOT is working closely with district engineers to determine the latest plan for that roadway.
The Rankin County Board of Supervisors tells us bidding is scheduled for the end of 2015 with work to start in 2016

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